A workaholic, in insatiable learner, and serial volunteer. That’s what I do when I’m not writing. I volunteer in activities that contribute to the growth and personal development of individuals. My passion is connected to my vision to see a world where individuals can become successful, however they define it. So I invest the time to speak with individuals and groups throughout the local, national, and international community. Totally satisfying!
In search of being refreshed, I recharge through family play and engaging in the world of film. I hunger for movies. Drama, sci-fi, action, comedy, love…, it doesn’t matter, it all works! It reboots my mind. And when it’s done, I’m able to return to my past-time, to write.
What is the difference between a job and a career? Is there a difference and if so, what is it? Are you looking for a job, career, or a calling? What is your goal? Here are a few definitions to guide your evaluation.
Work is defined as activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result.
A job is just about making money ….a paid position of regular employment. It is basically short term.
A career is feeling good about yourself as a sense of satisfaction …what you do… something that is your identity. A careeer is an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life and with opportunities for progress. Essentially, it is long-term.
Your calling pertains to leaving your mark on the world…a strong urge toward a particular way of life.
Which of the above depicts you? Think about it. Is it a job, career, or a calling? Do share! We would love to hear!
Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck where you do not belong. ~N.R. Nanyana Murthy
Many of us have been there. We have dreams, goals and aspirations. But we must share such desires with those closest to us to get their buy-in…and in some cases their approvals. But while we wait, it can create tension, sadness, and disappointment that causes us to become stuck. Stuck because what we want to do seems way beyond our scope of accessibility.
But there’s hope if we recognize the signs of how our loved ones and friends can hold us back from realizing our dreams.
3 Signs They Are Holding You Back
Your loved ones and friends can’t imagine you dong anything else. A colleague of mine spoke about having to convince his parents that he wanted to change careers and become an entrepreneur. He was hindered by them because they were proud of him being in his prestigious job that took care of his family. How could he walk away from that? How will they (his parents) introduce him to their friends? What’s this entrepreneurship endeavor… they asked.
2. Their Investment
Often our loved ones hinder us because they are invested in us and expect us to stay put. Are you the main breadwinner? Will you now be putting them at risk? Is it a co-worker whose job ties closely into your own? Who will they rely on if you walk away? How will they survive?
The worst case occurs when friends, family, or co-workers discourage your progress simply because they envy you. They want to step out themselves but have always been afraid. They don’t have the guts to do it, so they discourage you.
Today, may you find the courage to get up and do what you have always wanted to do. Step out. In some cases it might be necessary to ‘keep your mouth shut‘. Keep your plans to yourself. Then once you have put your plans in place and are ready to go, share your decision. You’ll be guaranteed of moving on to that exciting state where change thrills as you make the leap!
How will you know if you’ve never tried? That’s the question asked by Psychologist Dr. C. Watson. I couldn’t agree with her more. Too often we rationalize why things won’t work. But we will never know unless we try. At times we may look at the experiences of friends, colleagues, coworkers and even family members and use their experiences to judge our own.
Often we are even stuck in our fear of failure. But good things come to those who make the attempt.
Today I implore you to be bold. Step out. Try. Attempt to do the thing that you have always been afraid to do. Who knows? You may surprise yourself and accomplish great things!
“If you can imagine it, you can dream it. Dream it and you can become it.” – Walt Disney
For years Walt Disney’s quote…”If you can imagine it you can do it”, hung on my wall at home. I was able to see it everyday. It stayed with me during all my dreams which became goals which later became reality. My studies, writings, books, and more, all became real because of my dreams.
But dreams don’t just come through by themselves. We have to plan, then work it. After with hard work, dedication, persistence, and the will to achieve, they become real. From a young age, my niece always wanted to do her best at making others beautiful. After graduating, she began working with a renowned makeup firm. She learnt from the best and with her innate desire for excellence, she has excelled and now makes celebrities beautiful for their appearances at major events. Indeed she makes me proud to see her journey realized.
Sometimes once we achieve, we want to move on to other things. Some may be bigger, some may be to smaller (as in downsizing). Others may be to let go, relax, and enjoy the little things.
Today, whatever your goal, be sure to know that you can achieve it with the imagination, and the will to see things come through.
Aren’t we all thrilled when we get that job that we applied and was selected for? Sure we are and so was my daughter! But in order to be successful there are a few things to bear in mind especially when the going gets tough. Here I share advice I gave her as she plunged into the workforce as she makes the final steps off college campus.
13 Tips And Tricks for Career Success
Wear a Smile
Be on time
Respect your leaders even when unhappy with a decision
Follow company protocol
Be a sponge …Learn a lot
Cell Phone should only be used for emergencies or during breaks
Do your part – Contribute…Make a difference through your work.
Align Yourself with only progressive people (avoid negativity and time wasters).
These tips form the foundation of good work ethics for career success throughout life. Do any resonate? Add more as you deem fit and share with a new college Grad, or two!
Outstanding Millennial change-makers and emerging leaders presented with copies of my books on Success Strategies of Caribbean American Leaders in the United States. The 30 Under 30 event was held at the Inter American Development Bank, Washington D.C.
Among the great nationwide initiatives were Georgia Student Alliance and Passport to College effort to help university students.